Briar Rose is a classic fairy tale story where a young princess was cursed to sleep by an evil woman. Kids like to hear this story at their bedtime.
Once there was a King and Queen a long time ago who wished for a child but they never had one. One day while the Queen was bathing, a frog crept out of the water onto the land and told her that her wish would be fulfilled and they would have a daughter. The saying of the frog came true, and the Queen had a little girl who was very pretty. Read the complete article to know more about the story of Briar Rose.
The King was very happy and arranged a great feast. He invited friends and acquaintances. He also invited the Wise Women so that they would give her their blessings. The wise women were a total of thirteen women in the kingdom but as the king had only twelve golden plates for them to eat, one of them had to be left at home. So he invited only twelve of them.
The feast happened successfully and when it came to an end, the Wise Women bestowed their magic gifts upon the baby girl such as one of them gave virtue, another gave beauty, a third gave blessings of riches, and so on with everything in the world that one can wish for. Suddenly there the thirteenth woman came in. She was angry as she was not invited by the King, so she wished to avenge herself, she cried with a loud voice, "The daughter of the King shall in her 15th year prick herself with a spindle and fall down dead." Saying these words she turned around and left the room.
All guests and the King and Queen remained shocked but luckily there was one wise woman who remained unspoken. She came forward as she was not able to remove the evil sentence. She said, "The daughter of the King shall not be dead, but a deep sleep of around 100 years, into which the princess shall fall."
After this event, the King gave strict orders to remove every spindle in the whole kingdom. The gifts or blessings that Wise Women gave to the young girl were fulfilled with time.
Princess Briar Rose
One day the princess came to an old tower. She reached a small door by climbing up the narrow winding staircase. There was a rusty key in the lock and when she turned it the door sprang open. She touched the spindle and pricked her finger with it. She immediately fell down upon the bed and slept in a deep sleep. And this sleep extended over the whole palace; the King and Queen fell asleep and the whole of the court fell asleep with them. The horses in the stable, the dogs in the yard, the pigeons upon the roof, the flies on the wall, and even the fire fell asleep in the hearth.
The Princess is Sleeping
A son of a King came to that country after many years and heard an old man talking about a castle where a wonderfully beautiful princess, named Briar Rose, had been asleep for a hundred years; and along with her the King and Queen and the whole court were asleep likewise.
When the Prince visited there he found, in the castle tower, the bed where Briar-rose was sleeping. She was so beautiful that he could not turn his eyes away; and he stooped down and gave her a kiss. But when he kissed her, the princess opened her eyes and looked at the prince quite sweetly.
Prince and Princess
Then they went down together and saw that everyone who fell asleep along with the princess, his father, and mother, and the whole court, woke up. In the end, the marriage of the son of the King to Briar Rose was celebrated with all splendour, and they lived happily forever.
The above article is very interesting to read as kids like to hear fairy tales at bedtime. The story teaches us the power of love. Love is the most powerful thing in this world. The story's ends on the note that the prince and the princess got married. To read more of such fascinating fairy tales and bedtime stories, explore the vast collection on our website.
1. Who curses Briar Rose?
In the story of Briar Rose, the King invited twelve wise women and did not invite the thirteenth wise woman as there were only twelve golden plates in the palace. At the end of the feast, the thirteenth woman appeared and cursed princess Briar Rose.
2. How did Princess Briar Rose wake up from her deep sleep?
A princess came to that country where princess Briar Rose slept with her entire kingdom. The prince fell in love with the sleeping princess at the first sight. When he kissed her, she woke her from her long sleep.